Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



École Howden

Address:150 Howden Road
Original Use:Education
Other Work:Large planned second wing erected in 1967
Architects:Étienne Gaboury

More Information

Originally planned as Harper Elementary, École Howden is an elementary French immersion school with 214 students.

École Howden's name pays tribute to The Honourable J. P. Howden, MD, Senator of Canada. Originally an ​English language school built in 1965, École Howden became a centre for French Immersion learning in September, 1979. There were 197 students registered in its inaugural year. The school continued to flourish and exceeded its capacity by 1982 with 417 students.

Design Characteristics

Suburb:Windsor Park
  • The long low design meets in a V at the centre, each wing a flat-roofed single storey with the exception of a larger gym behind the north section and main entrance
  • The walls are covered in a ruddy brown brick which contrasts with white panels filling in the top of the original windows
  • The layout is clearly expressed with the rhythmical wall treatment
  • A large yard with newer planting completes the site